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Car Strikes and Kills Two Pedestrians on Georgia 400 in Forsyth County, Georgia

December 08, 2019

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA- writes that two people died in a pedestrian accident late last week in Forsyth, Georgia. The police report that the victims were standing in the roadway on Georgia 400 in the early morning hours prior to sunrise when the crash took place.*

A 52-year-old man from Cleveland, Georgia, was heading northbound on Georgia 400 in the left-hand lane. The driver was operating a 2001 GMC Sonoma pickup truck.

The victims, a 25-year-old woman, and a 50-year-old man had pulled over and were on the roadside searching for an item. The man driving the pickup truck did not see the first victim in the road until it was too late. According to officers, the driver tried to swerve to avoid striking the first of the two, but ended up hitting that person, and then served onto the left side of the road where he struck the second person as well.

Reports indicate that both of the victims had dark clothes making it more difficult for drivers to see them. 

Police say that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol and that no charges have been filed at this time. 

When a pedestrian is in the roadway, a driver traveling at 60 miles per hour will need at a minimum of 4.9 seconds and 280 feet to stop in time to avoid hitting that person. In many cases, a pedestrian will not be visible until the car is about 100 feet away, making it incredibly unlikely that the driver will have time to avoid striking that person. There are ways to increase visibility, such as wearing reflective clothing. However, even still, pedestrians should remember that drivers are often unlikely to see them in the roadway until it is too late. 

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